Eliminate bad breath: Here’s how

If you’re battling with bad breath, you should read the following advice from a dentist in Johannesburg.

Most of us suffer from bad breath from time to time. Whether it is merely less than fresh morning breath, or whether it is something more serious, like halitosis. Whether you simply need to pay more attention to oral hygiene, or whether you need to book a professional cleaning, you’ll be happy to know there is a cure for bad breath.

8 tips to eliminate bad breath

  1. Brush your teeth regularly. Brushing your teeth thoroughly will prevent bacteria and get rid of decaying food particles that cause bad breath.
  2. Floss. Small particles of food can get lodged between your teeth and gums. You need to floss in order to get rid of these particles. Your gums may bleed at first, but flossing is a necessary step in oral hygiene.
  3. Clean your tongue. It might sound unpleasant, but you need to brush your tongue with a toothbrush or tongue cleaner. This is because bacteria can hide on your tongue, and cleaning your tongue is the only way to get rid of it.
  4. Chew gum. Saliva fights bacteria and washes food particles away. You can stimulate saliva production by chewing gum. It’s a good idea to avoid sugary gums and choose gums with xylitol instead. Xylitol will also help freshen your breath.
  5. Drink water. Drinking water will wash away food particles without adding bacteria-causing sugar to your mouth.
  6. Follow a healthy diet. Some healthy foods like onions and garlic can lead to bad breath, but eating crisp fruits and vegetables can also clean your teeth naturally by removing food particles from in between your teeth and gums.
  7. Book a professional cleaning session with your dentist. If you follow all these tips and still suffer from bad breath, you should get your teeth cleaned by a professional.
  8. Talk to a doctor. If you suffer from bad breath after following these steps and getting your teeth professionally cleaned, you should see a doctor. Medical issues, like diabetes, could be contributing to your bad breath.

Tackle bad breath today. Book an appointment with Dr Cerny, a leading dentist in Johannesburg.